‘Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” – Matthew 8:23-25
A friend of mine recently had two miscarriages. She already had a healthy boy and was trying for another baby but she unfortunately suffered through two miscarriages simultaneously. My friend was confused. After having one healthy boy, having baby number two was supposed to be a breeze and it never occurred to her that she would have a miscarriage talk less of two miscarriages. The miscarriages seemed to come from NOWHERE. They were completely unexpected and there was no indication of them coming until they came. We can actually say that they came “SUDDENLY”.
Suddenly means “quickly and unexpectedly”. This was the case regarding my friend’s miscarriages. They seemed to happen “quickly and unexpectedly”. One minute she was pregnant and the next she wasn’t. Completely heart-breaking.
Jesus and his disciples went through a similar situation. Jesus had been doing amazing work and it was time for him to cross to the other side of the lake to continue doing his work. aqIt was probably meant to be a smooth sail which is why Jesus was sleeping when the storm came. I read this verse recently and I could not miss the words: “Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat”. It tells me that just like my friend’s miscarriage, this was unexpected.
How many times has that happened to us. We make our plans, we organize our lives, we are cruising along and then FROM NOWHERE, Everything seems to go wrong. How do we respond when the “suddenlies” of this life occur” I believe the best teacher is Jesus Christ and because the bible tells us he is in us and we have his mind, then it means we can respond just as he did.
- Try not to panic. The disciples saw the storm and panicked and even started believing it was the end for them. It is extremely hard not to panic when everything unexpectedly starts falling apart but I have learnt that actions we take when we panic are often wrong actions based on emotions.
- Do not be afraid: Yes it looks really really bad but guess what, this storm has been sent to make you afraid and lose your faith. It has been sent to make you lose trust in the one who is in your boat. And who is the one in your boat?
- Jesus Christ is in your boat and instead of panicking and being afraid, please look at who is in your boat. Remember that he is one through which the world was created and he right there with you. You are not alone. Do not be like the disciples and underestimate the power you have in Christ
- Speak to that storm. Command it to be still. Not because you are an ordinary person but because you are filled with the same power that raised Christ from the dead and Christ has told us that greater works than him can we do so instead of panicking and being afraid, it is time for us to exercise the power we have.
- We are told it was a “furious storm”. The storm had an attitude. It wanted to destroy. Jesus and his disciples were on their way somewhere and this storm wanted to stop them. The storm you are facing now is trying to stop you from something and you have the power to stop it. You can not allow this storm to make you a victim. You are more powerful than any attack or storm and ‘greater is the one that is in you than he that is in the world’. FIGHT BACK
I know the disappointment was unexpected. That miscarriage was unexpected. That debt was unexpected. The loss of your job was expected. Losing that loved one was unexpected. You didn’t think you will have to deal with financial issues or a potential broken marriage. It all might seems to have happened suddenly but it does not matter because Christ is in your boat and he has the power to silent every storm and put things right again.